The Fresno Chaffee Zoo announced Wednesday the recent arrival of two African elephants.

Nolwazi is about 24 years old, and her daughter Amahle is about 9.

They came to Fresno from the Dallas Zoo on Tuesday.

“We have been looking to grow our African elephant herd,” said Amos Morris, Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, “Having Nolwazi and Amahle join enables us to do that and, hopefully, have successful family group with we hope will be breeding in the future.”

The elephant teams in both Fresno and Dallas have been working closely together to ensure a successful
move to and safe introduction in Fresno, zoo officials said.

“This was an opportunity to move Nolwazi and Amahle to a new home at an AZA-accredited zoo that shares our same philosophy of animal welfare and approach to animal care, which was incredibly important to our entire team,” said Harrison Edell, Executive Vice President of Animal Care & Conservation for the Dallas Zoo. “We hope the unique situation in Fresno, where the team cares for one bull and one young female, will allow Nolwazi to assume a matriarchal position, leading a herd of her own, a role for which we believe she is well-suited. Likewise, Amahle will have a similar-aged female with whom to socialize and play, which is such a vital part of her personality.”